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I joined this campaign to help one of my favorite bloggers, Mike Ervin, who writes the awesomeblog, Smart Ass Cripple should be required reading if you are curious about what it's like to live with a disability.Or, like me, you need that tiny hit of recognition every week or so.

Anyway, like any crip watching his state legislature head into budget season, Mike is more than a little worried. Mike, as well as 35,000 other Illinois residents with disabilities, relies on his state's Home Services Program(HSP) to fund the "pit crew" that gets him ready every day so he can snark online.Without that program, he couldn't afford the support and might have to be institutionalized, probably at far more expense to the taxpayer. Follow me below the fold to sign a petition in support of this popular program!

Sign the petition here!, especially if you're from Illinois. Mike wants to send the message that this is a popular program and it would be a real mistake to cut it.

As somebody who also needs this kind of support, I can't emphasize enough how important to our freedom and our sense of ourselves as people these programs are.They let people with disabilities decide how we live our lives in our homes and communities and too many states have inadequate programs...let's show support for the existing ones.

Thank you for signing and sharing!

12:32 PM PT: No specific cuts have been proposed as yet, but Governor Quinn is expected to make the important decisions by March 6.

3:38 PM PT: Thanks to whomever put this diary up for the Illinois group...that should really help get the message out.

Originally posted to chicating on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 12:26 PM PST.

Also republished by KosAbility and Land of Lincoln Kos.

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